Awards

Details on the five (5) prestigious awards are provided below.

Awards will be presented at the 21st Annual World Congress in Banff, Canada, September 23-26, 2019.

See LIST OF PAST Award Recipients →


2019 IPOS Award Winners:

2019 Jimmie Holland Memorial Award Winner

Dr. William Breitbart, M.D. (USA)

The Jimmie Holland Memorial Award honors an IPOS or psycho-oncology community member recognized for making a unique contribution considered to be a highly creative or pioneering innovation or activity that advances the field of Psycho-oncology. The award is unique in its recognition as Jimmie Holland as a pioneer and chief innovator of our time, as well as recognizes her enormous contribution as mentor.

William Breitbart, M.D. is Chairman, The Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, and Attending Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Service in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Psycho-oncology Society, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Breitbart's research efforts focus on psychiatric aspects of cancer and palliative care. His most recent efforts focus on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer patients. He has had continuous NIH RO1 funding of investigator initiated research since 1989. Dr. Breitbart was PI of the “Network Project, NCI R25 grant (1992-98) which trained clinicians in cancer pain management and psycho-oncology.  He is currently PI of R25 CA190169 which is training a national cohort of cancer care clinicians in Meaning Centered Psychotherapy. He has over 400 peer review publications, chapters and review papers, and 12 textbooks including: Psycho-oncology - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions; the treatment manuals for Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients, and Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patient; and Meaning Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting from Oxford University Press. Dr. Breitbart is Editor-in-Chief, of Cambridge University Press’ international palliative care journal entitled, “Palliative & Supportive Care”.

2019 Bernard Fox Memorial Award Winner

Dr. Linda Carlson, PhD, R.Psych (Canada)

The Bernard Fox Memorial Award honors an IPOS or psycho-oncology community member who has made an outstanding contribution in education or research to the field of psycho-oncology. The primary focus is on the academic and educational output of the nominee.

Dr. Linda Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC), where she has worked since 1997. She is also Director of the CIHR SPOR-funded TRACTION program: Training in Research And Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology, which supports a multidisciplinary group of University of Calgary fellows studying Integrative Oncology. Dr. Carlson's research in Psychosocial Oncology, Integrative Oncology and Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery has been published in many high-impact journals and book chapters, and she published a patient manual in 2011 with Michael Speca entitled: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A step-by-step MBSR approach to help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life, in addition to a professional training manual in 2009 (2nd Edition 2017) with Shauna Shapiro entitled The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness into psychology and the helping professions. She has published almost 200 research papers and book chapters, holds several millions of dollars in grant funding and is regularly invited to present her work at international conferences, most recently in Italy, China, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Israel and all across Canada and the USA. She presented a TEDx talk called Mindfulness for Personal and Collective Evolution in 2016.

2019 Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award Winner

Dr. Ursula Sansom-Daly, PhD, MPsych (Clin) MAPS, FCCLP (Australia)

The Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award honors a new investigator for outstanding research contributions in the field of psycho-oncology and is an early career award. Candidates must be within seven years of active work in psycho-oncology after completing his/her postgraduate, fellowship or equivalent specialist training (defined as a PhD or MD or equivalent). This award is sponsored by the Hiroomi Kawano Foundation in Japan.

Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia. Ursula is also the Clinical Psychologist for Sydney Youth Cancer Service, the leading clinical team for the treatment and care of adolescents and young adults aged 15-25 years with cancer in Sydney. She leads the Mental Health Research Team, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital - a team which is growing to be one of the foremost research teams focussed on psychosocial aspects of cancer among adolescents and young adults in Australia.  Reflecting her dual clinical-research roles, Ursula focuses on applying evidence-based psychological models and methods to understand, and address, mental health issues among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Her research spans the cancer trajectory, from diagnosis through to survivorship and end-of-life. For the past 5 years, she has led two large national randomised-controlled trials, ‘Recapture Life’ and ‘Cascade’, evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of online, group-based videoconferencing interventions for adolescent/young adult cancer survivors, and parents, in adjusting to life after cancer. Ursula also has a growing research program focused on improving end-of-life communication with young people with life-limiting illnesses. Ursula holds prestigious Early Career Fellowships from both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia, and the Cancer Institute NSW, and has been a chief investigator on grants >$4.9M. She sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee for PoCoG, the national psycho-oncology clinical trials group in Australia, as an early-career member. Her work has been recently recognised through the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s New Investigator in Psycho-Oncology Award, as well as by being named one of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)'s Top 5 scientists in residence in 2017. 

2019 President's Community Award For Distinguished Contributions to IPOS

Kim Thiboldeaux, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Support Community (USA)

The President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions to IPOS is a discretionary award that is made to an individual, group or organization in the community that, in the opinion of the Board has made an outstanding contribution of great significant to the Society.

Kim Thiboldeaux is an innovative, internationally recognized leader who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. As the CEO of the Cancer Support Community (CSC), Thiboldeaux oversees a global nonprofit network of 175 locations, including 47 CSC and Gilda's Club centers, eight hospital partnerships, and multiple satellite locations that deliver more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families. In addition, CSC administers a toll-free helpline and produces award-winning educational resources that reach more than one million people each year. The Cancer Support Community, formed in 2009 by the merger of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club, also conducts cutting-edge research on the emotional, psychological, and financial journey of cancer patients. In addition, CSC advocates in Washington, D.C. and at all levels of government for policies to help individuals whose lives have been disrupted by cancer. As a testament to her drive to serve even more patients and families, Thiboldeaux recently welcomed to the CSC network MyLifeLine, an innovative digital community that includes thousands of patients, caregivers, and their supporters. This exciting advancement will enable CSC to scale its digital services in an innovative, groundbreaking way. Thiboldeaux coauthored two full-length books, Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis and The Total Cancer Wellness Guide, and hosts the award-winning Frankly Speaking About Cancer radio show. She also serves on multiple advisory boards, speaks at leading conferences, and frequently appears in national media outlets. In June 2017, Vice President Joe Biden appointed Thiboldeaux to serve on the Biden Cancer Initiative’s Board of Directors. A native of Philadelphia who grew up in a close-knit family of five children, Thiboldeaux graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in Spanish. While at American, Thiboldeaux studied abroad in London and Buenos Aires, experiences that spurred her lifelong zest for travel. She has visited all seven continents, all 50 states, and 50-plus countries around the world, and has no intention of slowing down her exploration of new countries and cultures. Among her many adventures, Thiboldeaux counts a recent road trip as one of her most memorable. She was gifted last-minute tickets to Super Bowl LII. With all airlines booked, she drove her father, a retired Philadelphia city bus driver and lifelong Eagles fan, to Minneapolis where, together, they watched their beloved home team win their first Super Bowl title. 


Awards Criteria

  • An award recipient may receive only one Society award in any calendar year.
  • No recipient of an IPOS Award shall be eligible for nomination to a second or subsequent award within a period of 10 years from the date of their previous award.
  • Each award shall have a peer review panel consisting of at least: (a) one previous recipient of the award, (b) one member of the Federation, and (c) one member of the Awards Committee.
  • The Society Treasurer shall review, ratify where required and advise on all financial recommendations and requests made by the Awards Committee.
  • For all awards, consideration may be given for travel reimbursement and/or registration fee waiver, if required.
  • All award nominations must include a completed and signed nomination form, a letter of nomination from the nominator, two letters of support for the nomination from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, the curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee, and any additional paperwork required by the specific award for which the individual is being nominated.
  • Award recipients must be available to attend the IPOS World Congress at which the award is to be presented.
  • Specific criteria for each award are identified below.

List of Awards

Jimmie Holland Memorial Award

The Jimmie Holland Memorial Award honors an IPOS or psycho-oncology community member recognized for making a unique contribution considered to be a highly creative or pioneering innovation or activity that advances the field of Psycho-oncology. The award is unique in its recognition as Jimmie Holland as a pioneer and chief innovator of our time, as well as recognizes her enormous contribution as mentor.

This award is considered for nominees within early to senior levels of careers with documentation and support to provide clear evidence of what is “visionary or outside the box” about the activity and how it represents an outstanding idea or activity or line of work, within the chosen area of the field of psycho-oncology.

It is important that the nominator provide evidence in his/her letter of recommendation that the nominee meets the criteria. In addition, the nominator needs to provide two further letters of recommendation from other individuals to whom the nominee is known which, provides evidence that the nominee meets these criteria. 

The award recipient will be extended:

  1. 2019 Jimmie Holland Memorial Award Plaque.
  2. Invited to do a 5 minute presentation related to recipients specific enterprise or vision. Presentation will be during the President's Plenary at the 2019 IPOS World Congress.
  3. Complimentary Conference Registration.
Submission Requirements:
  • IPOS nomination form, signed by nominee
  • Letter of nomination from the nominator, specifying why the nominee meets the award description above
  • Two letters of support from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, also specifying why the nominee meets the award description above.


Arthur M. Sutherland Award and Memorial Lecture

The Arthur M. Sutherland Award honors an IPOS or psycho-oncology community member with a lifetime achievement in the field of psycho-oncology. This is a late career award and recognizes sustained and distinguished output in psycho-oncology over their whole career. This is the Society’s most important award and reflects the international standing of the recipient.

The recipient will have achieved international recognition for his/her work and be considered to have contributed important innovations to the field of psycho-oncology. Quantity of output is less important than evidence of international standing and innovation across an individual’s whole career. It is important that the nominator provides evidence in their letter of recommendation that the nominee meets these criteria. In addition, the nominator needs to provide two further letters of recommendation from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, which provide evidence that the nominee meets these criteria.

This award will be presented at the next IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. The award recipient will be invited to present an overview on a topic related to their research as part of a plenary session of the IPOS World Congress. 

The award recipient will be extended:

  1. 2019 Arthur M. Sutherland Award and Memorial Lecture Glass Award,
  2. Opportunity to do a 15-minute presentation that overviews a topic related to their research as part of a plenary session at the 2019 IPOS World Congress,
  3. Complimentary Conference Registration,
  4. Travel reimbursement plus two nights hotel.
  5. Additionally, the Sutherland Award recipient may be invited to publish an article in the NEW official journal of IPOS, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice, at the discretion of the journal’s Editorial Board. 
Submission Requirements:
  • IPOS Award Nomination Form, signed by the nominee
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of nomination from the nominator, specifying why the nominee meets the award description above
  • Two letters of support from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, also specifying why the nominee meets the award description above


Bernard Fox Memorial Award

The Bernard Fox Memorial Award honors an IPOS or psycho-oncology community member who has made an outstanding contribution in education or research to the field of psycho-oncology. The primary focus is on the academic and educational output of the nominee.

This is a mid to late career award, and the nominee may work as an educator, as a researcher and/or provide clear evidence of being a leader in his/her chosen area of psycho-oncology. It is important that the nominator provides evidence in his/her letter of recommendation that the nominee meets these criteria. In addition, the nominator needs to provide two further letters of recommendation from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, which provide evidence that the nominee meets these criteria.

This award will be presented at the next IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology.

The award recipient will be extended:

  1. 2019 Bernard Fox Memorial Glass Award.
  2. Invited to do a 15 minute presentation that overviews a topic related to their research as part of a plenary session at the 2019 IPOS World Congress.
  3. Complimentary Conference Registration.
  4. Travel reimbursement plus two nights hotel.
Submission Requirements:
  • IPOS Award Nomination Form, signed by the nominee
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of nomination from the nominator, specifying why the nominee meets the award description above
  • Two letters of support from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, also specifying why the nominee meets the award description above

Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence

The Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence honors an IPOS or psycho-oncology community member in recognition of outstanding clinical contributions to the field of psycho-oncology. He/she must have served for a major proportion of his/her career as a clinician and be able to demonstrate novel, beneficial and substantial initiatives impacting directly on the care of patients and his/her families either through their own practice or practice developments.

Candidates must be licensed and have been actively practicing in the field of clinical psycho-oncology for a minimum of 20 years. The award focuses on the distinctive contribution made in developing services to patients and families. Innovation and sustained successful clinical service of outstanding character should be what distinguishes the recipient of this award. It is important that the nominator provide evidence in his/her letter of recommendation that the nominee meets these criteria. In addition, the nominator needs to provide two further letters of recommendation from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, which provide evidence that the nominee meets these criteria.

This award will be presented at the IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 

The award recipient will be extended:

  1. 2019 Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence Glass Award.
  2. Invited to do a 5 minute presentation on your work during a plenary session at the 2019 IPOS World Congress.
  3. Complimentary Conference Registration.

Submission Requirements:

  • IPOS Award Nomination Form, signed by the nominee
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of nomination from the nominator, specifying why the nominee meets the award description above
  • Two letters of support from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, also specifying why the nominee meets the award description above

Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award

The Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award honors a new investigator for outstanding research contributions in the field of psycho-oncology and is an early career award. Candidates must be within seven years of active work in psycho-oncology after completing his/her postgraduate, fellowship or equivalent specialist training (defined as a PhD or MD or equivalent). This award is sponsored by the Hiroomi Kawano Foundation in Japan.

The award is linked to professional attainment rather than to age. Recipients are distinguished by the level and quality of research output at this early career stage. It is important that the nominator provides evidence in his/her letter of recommendation that the nominee meets these criteria. In addition, the nominator needs to provide two further letters of recommendation from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, which provide evidence that the nominee meets these criteria.

This award will be presented at the IPOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. The award recipient may be asked to provide a brief overview of his/her work (5 minutes) at the IPOS World Congress.

The award recipient will be extended:

  1. 2019 Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Glass Award.
  2. Invited to do a 5 minute presentation on your work during a plenary session at the 2019 IPOS World Congress.
  3. Complimentary Conference Registration.

Submission Requirements:

  • IPOS Award Nomination Form, signed by the nominee
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume, with details of specific termination dates of degrees and post-graduate training
  • Letter of nomination from the nominator, who must be an Active Member of IPOS or a full member of any national psycho-oncology society, specifying why the nominee meets the award description above
  • Two letters of support from other individuals to whom the nominee is known, also specifying why the nominee meets the award description above
  • A statement from the nominee, not to exceed 500 words, that highlights significant research accomplishments in the area of psycho-oncology
  • Copies of up to four publications that represent the candidate’s research work


Society Distinguished Life Fellowship Award

The Society Distinguished Life Fellowship Award recognizes extraordinary and notable contributions to the organization and success of IPOS. This award is only for one who has made a singular contribution to the Society and its work. The Distinguished Life Fellowship Award is limited to past or present IPOS members.

The award shall carry with it Honorary Life Membership in IPOS, with a special plaque for the fellow. The award shall also include waived IPOS membership dues and the possibility of waived World Congress registration fees at the Congress at which the award is presented. Nominees should be, or have been, members of IPOS for at least 10 years and are not eligible if not a member within the past five years.

Nominations for this award can only be made by the IPOS Board of Directors.


The IPOS Awards Committee shall select recipients of IPOS awards. If no suitable nominations are received, no awards will be given.


President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions to IPOS

The President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions to IPOS is a discretionary award that is made to an individual, group or organization in the community that, in the opinion of the Board has made an outstanding contribution of great significant to the Society.

  • Nominations are made by a member of the IPOS Board and all nominations must be seconded by two members of the Board and approved by a two-thirds of the Board.
  • Given the special nature of this award, it is envisaged that it will be awarded only occasionally.
  • The awardee shall receive a plaque and citation from the Board and s/he (or a representative, if an organization is the recipient) shall be invited to receive these at the World Congress. Congress fees maybe be waived on this occasion.

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